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Review: Marvel’s Voices #1

Marvel's Voices #1

Marvel’s Voices is an Experience, capital E. It’s the first comic I know about that adapts the concept of a podcast into a comics anthology collecting stories from black creators giving their take on the Marvel universe.

The book’s title carries over from the podcast it’s based on, which is hosted by Angélique Roché. The list of creators includes Vita Ayala, Damion Scott, Kyle Baker, Brian Stelfreeze, Roxane Gay, Method Man, Alitha Martínez, among other notable industry names. What’s interesting about the project, though, is that it embraces its multimedia roots by featuring essays from other creators accessible via Marvel’s Voices online page.

Two particular essays grabbed my attention: Regine L. Sawyer’s “Growing Up Marvel” and Karama Horne’s “The Legacy of Isaiah Bradley: The First Black Captain America.” (Disclosure: Karama and Regine have both contributed to our site – ed.)

Sawyer’s essay is about her origin story into comics through a less conventional avenue than most other stories of the kind: X-Men trading cards. I don’t want to spoil the essay because it is a fascinating and well-written story, but it is wonderful to get this look at how comics allow for multiple entry points given it’s an entire cultural package. It made me remember my card collecting days growing up, both the same X-Men cards Sawyer collected and the classic Pepsi Cards I religiously hunted down back when they came out in Puerto Rico. I still have them with me and they also helped me embrace comics.

Horne’s essay is about two comics: Truth and The Crew. Each one stands as some of Marvel’s best comic book offerings. They were subversive and hard-hitting, daring enough to give Marvel a black Captain America (in Truth), complete with an exploration of the tragic treatment black heroes get using real-life black history as the basis for the problems each character faces (which is expanded upon in The Crew).

The essay is a great and concise history of these comics, but it also serves as a lesson on visibility. That Marvel hasn’t reprinted these stories or released newer editions of the paperbacks brings up more questions than it should. I think Horne’s essay makes a strong argument as to why we need these comics back on the stands.

On the comic’s side of Marvel’s Voices, we get a strong if a bit uneven set of short stories that are personal, celebratory, and thoughtful as to why Marvel characters mean so much in the struggle for more diverse voices in the industry. Kyle Baker, for instance, produced a one-pager Ant-Man and Nick Fury story titled “Perspective,” about Fury’s problem with depth perception. It’s a quick hit but the art on display here is impressive enough to make anyone want to see Baker do more Marvel work.

Geoffrey Thorne, Khary Randolph, and Emilio López’s “Top of the Key,” on the other hand, is a one-pager on Mosaic story (a character Marvel has severely underused, in my opinion) that would’ve benefited from an additional page or two. It feels more like a setup for a larger story and we only really just get a taste of it.

Rob Markman, Damion Scott, and Dono Sánchez-Almara’s “What a Wonderful World” stands as one of the most impressive stories in the anthology as it offers a well-rounded look at a Marvel character with outstanding art and a clear message to boot. It centers on a troubled Silver Surfer, comparing Marvel’s biggest villains with humanity’s own villainy when it comes to protecting the environment. No panel was spared, no color was misplaced, and no bit of text hung without intent. Just a really good two-page story.

The best story in the book is without question “Inspiration,” by James Monroe Iglehart, Ray-Anthony Height, and Emilio López. This 4-page tale gives the radioactive spider that gave Peter Parker his powers a much-deserved platform to contemplate his role in the grand scheme of things. The script showcases an interesting play on what a superpowered spider is supposed to be and how much of its natural instincts define its actions. It’s simply unforgettable and truly worthy of getting its own comic book series.

Marvel Voices #1 is the type of book Marvel needs to invest more on. It shows just how important it is to bring in other perspectives into this superhero universe and just how different it can all turn out to be. It speaks to the power of voices hungry for diversity in storytelling. And that, in itself, is a beautiful thing.

Writers: John Jennings, Anthony Piper, Luciano Vecchio, David Betancourt, James Monroe Iglehart, Evan Narcisse, Vita Ayala, Regine L. Sawyer, Brian Stelfreeze, Brandon Montclare, Tatiana King Jones, Karama Horne, Kyle Baker, Roxane Gay, Yona Harvey, Don McGregor, Geoffrey Thorne, Rob Markman, Method Man, Daniel Dominguez, Charlamagne The God, David F. Walker, Chuck Brown
Art: Anthony Piper, Luciano Vecchio, Ray-Anthony Height, Jahnoy Lindsay, Bernard Chang, Brian Stelfreeze, Natacha Bustos, Kyle Baker, Brittney L. Williams, Khary Randolph, Damion Scott, Alitha E. Martinez, JJ Kirby, Sanford Greene
Color: Anthony Piper, Luciano Vecchio, Emilio Lopez, Marcelo Maiolo, Brian Stelfreeze, Tamra Bonvillain, Kyle Baker, Rachelle Rosenberg, Dono Sánchez-Almara, JJ Kirby, Matt Herms
Letterer: Travis Lanham
Writing: 9 Essays: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10
Recommendation: Buy and make sure to bag and board it.

Review: Luke Cage: Everyman

The Marvel Comics original digital comic comes to print and has Luke Cage facing something he never has before, CTE. An interesting concept, this is your first chance to own the series in print.

Luke Cage: Everyman is by Anthony Del Col, Jahnoy Lindsay, and Ian Herring.

Get your copy in comic shops now and book stores November 27! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon/Kindle/comiXology
TFAW

 

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Preview: Luke Cage #1

Luke Cage #1

Written by: Anthony Del Col
Art by: Jahnoy Lindsay
Cover by: Declan Shalvey

With Harlem in the grips of an unprecedented heat wave, the people look to their hero—the
unbreakable man, Luke Cage! But the heat wave turns out to be the least of Harlem’s worries. Someone has their sights set on the city’s 1%, and the rich and powerful are dropping dead from mysterious illnesses. It’s up to Luke Cage to stop the killer—but he’s just received a grim diagnosis of his own…

A DOUBLE-SIZED Marvel Digital Original you don’t want to miss!

Luke Cage Tackles CTE in Luke Cage: Everyman from the All-Canadian Team of Anthony Del Col, Jahnoy Lindsay, and Ian Herring

Luke Cage takes on his toughest challenge, the neurological syndrome of CTE in the new Marvel Digital Original Luke Cage: Everyman. The comic comes to digital shelves August 15th.

The digital series is written by Anthony Del Col, artist Jahnoy Lindsay, and Ian Herring on colors.

Cage finds himself battling a serial killer during a horrible summer heat wave in Harlem and then is diagnosed with CTE, the neurological syndrome best known as afflicting football players.

Luke Cage is a man with superhero physical strength so it seemed natural to have him square off with a neurological diagnosis. Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) has garnered a great deal of media coverage over the last few years, primarily dealing with retired and active football players. This is the first time a superhero story has dealt with CTE and Col has consulted with one of the top specialists in the country.

The two issues will be available digitally on comiXology and Marvel Unlimited and eventually collected into trade later this year.

Review: She-Hulk Vol. 3: Jen Walters Must Die

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got Jen Walters aka She-Hulk!

She-Hulk Vol. 3: Jen Walters Must Die collects issues #159-163 by Mariko Tamaki, Jahnoy Lindsay, Diego Olortegui, Federico Blee, and Chris Sotomayor.

Get your copy in comic shops today and in book stores May 15. To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

 

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Preview: She-Hulk #162

She-Hulk #162

(W) Mariko Tamaki (A) Jahnoy Lindsay (CA) Rahzzah
Rated T+
In Shops: Feb 07, 2018
SRP: $3.99

JEN WALTERS MUST DIE Part 4
• After a harrowing encounter with THE LEADER, Jen is struggling to control the HULK inside of her.
• Time for a trip into the subconscious to discover the monster within.
• Jen visits an old friend to reconnect with her inner Hulk, and inner turmoil, to try and become the super hero she needs to be.

She-Hulk #162

Preview: She-Hulk #161

She-Hulk #161

(W) Mariko Tamaki (A) Jahnoy Lindsay (CA) Rahzzah
Rated T+
In Shops: Jan 10, 2018
SRP: $3.99

JEN WALTERS MUST DIE Part 3
• Kidnapped by a deranged fan – who also happens to be in cahoots with Jen’s oldest enemy, THE LEADER? You call it LEGACY, Jen calls it Monday.
• Is it the worst thing that’s ever happened to Jen? Maybe not.
• But Jen’s about to lose control and everything is about to get way worse.

Preview: She-Hulk #160

She-Hulk #160

(W) Mariko Tamaki (A) Jahnoy Lindsay (CA) Rahzzah
Rated T+
In Shops: Dec 13, 2017
SRP: $3.99

JEN WALTERS MUST DIE Part 2
• SHE-HULK has been kidnapped by THE LEADER!
• And what does the LEADER want with SHE-HULK?
• Well, I don’t think our fearless hero is going to like the answer to that question.

Exclusive Preview: She-Hulk #159

She-Hulk #159

(W) Mariko Tamaki (A) Jahnoy Lindsay (CA) Mike Deodato
Rated T+
In Shops: Nov 08, 2017
SRP: $3.99

JEN WALTERS MUST DIE Part 1
The LEADER is back and he’s using his gamma-enhanced super-intelligence to strike at She-Hulk! But how do you hurt an almost indestructible She-Hulk? By turning Jen against HERSELF! PLUS: Includes 3 bonus MARVEL PRIMER PAGES!

Jen Walters Faces Her Biggest Battle Yet in She-Hulk #159!

The once-green (now gray) goliath otherwise known as Jen Walters is reclaiming her name in Marvel Legacy – starting in She-Hulk #159! And series writer Mariko Tamaki is being joined by new series artist Jahnoy Lindsay to blast off this Legacy run.

Since Bruce Banner’s death, Jen has been going through her own issues as she attempts to get used to being Hulk again and regain control of her life. Now, she’ll face the classic Hulk villain The Leader…who is more obsessed with Jen’s Hulk persona than ever before, now that Jen has been changed by her previous adventures.

The Leader’s goal is simple–Kill Jen Walters…but is that even possible? And where does that leave Hulk?

A perfect jumping on point for fans old and new! She-Hulk #159 features a cover by Mike Deodato, Jr.

 

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